Gavin and Stacey will return to primetime TV in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, BBC has confirmed.
The hit Brit drama finished filming back in 2008, but delighted their fans with a Christmas special last December.
Now, BBC has decided to air old episodes of the comedy series on Saturday evenings in a bid to brighten viewers’ moods during self-isolation.
The show will run from April 4, accompanied by re-runs of the family sitcom Outnumbered.
Peter Kay’s Car Share will also get a second breath of life on Friday nights, along with some brand-new comedy material.
BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “The BBC is determined to do all it can to raise a smile and keep the country entertained during these testing times.
“We have lots of great shows already recorded, but we have also found ways to keep many other shows going so that the familiar faces people love will still be in their living rooms in the weeks and months ahead.
“I think that is incredibly important.”
He added: “The BBC will also deliver a range of virtual events to replace some of those that have now had to be cancelled.”
One of the year’s biggest TV moments, the Eurovision Song Contest, has also been cancelled due to the pandemic.
Tony Hall added: “We can all still have a Eurovision moment, even if it is different from the past.
“Our pledge is [to] offer the best escapism, fun and distraction we can, alongside the news and information everyone needs.”